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4 stars Great! Any day now we'll get to review Sonic Youth on PA!

In the meantime we will have to do with this bunch of adventurous alternative rockers from Norway. I have only a scattered knowledge of the band, gathered by picking up a few of their albums from the library over the last 15 years. (Yes, this band has been around for a while already). Due to their addition to PA I picked up this album and it will sure fire my interest again.

The 21 minute opening track starts with 5 minutes of pure Sonic Youth delight: a rough, rocking, catchy and shattering flood of guitar dissonance. They add a short post rock interlude before heading into the next surge of "sonic rock" around the 6.30 minute mark. As a fan of the end 80's US guitar rock, there is nothing really new here, but these guys know their game and have the skill to take it to new levels of excellence. In fact, they sound as fresh and enthusiastic as if they had just invented rock themselves. They keep the song going with inspired psychedelic jamming and a focused and honest energy.

Year Zero is quite different. More post rock influences here but not those of the endlessly stretched kind. They build up a soft melancholic song with very fragile vocals that remind me a bit of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr). The song concludes with a great slow-paced guitar jam that mixes their noisy post rock sound with a proggy stateliness.

With She Left On The Sun Trip they sound like the Motorpsycho I remember from the earlier albums I've heard from them. This track is rocking, exploratory, psychedelic and heavy. It has the Motorpsycho quality of being both catchy and challengingly disharmonious. The second half brings a mesmerizing guitar ambience full of hypnotizing sounds. This is what post-rock should sound like!

The Alchemyst starts as a more traditional indie rock song, spiced with enough sophistication to remain interesting, it settles for a great Hawkwind groove in the second half. Especially that part of the song convinces with its steady rhythm, pulsating bass and washes of sound effects. The last minutes offer a great wall of sound with a distinct flavour of prog-noise abundance.

Little Lucid Moments is a brilliant guitar rock album with nothing but stellar music. I easily rates a solid 4 stars with potential for more, to be reassessed when I've heard some more of their albums. For all fans of the best indie rock, guitar rock, psychedelic rock, kraut rock, rock rock and other rock.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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